Filed October 29, 2007.
APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS
In re ESTATE OF THOMAS TALTY, ) Appeal from the Circuit Court
Deceased (Helen Talty, Petitioner-Appellee v. ) of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,
William Talty, Respondent-Appellant). ) Will County, Illinois,
) Herman Haase,
) Judge, Presiding.
JUSTICE WRIGHT delivered the opinion of the court
Respondent, William Talty, appeals from multiple orders and judgments entered by the circuit
court of Will County with regard to the probate estate of Thomas Talty, deceased. We affirm.
Respondent, William Talty, and his brother, Thomas Talty, operated an incorporated
automobile dealership in Morris, Illinois, for over 25 years. Thomas and William each owned 50%
of the corporate stock. The dealership is located on two parcels of land: a 2.98-acre parcel owned
by Thomas and William, and a 6.21-acre parcel held in a land trust owned by Thomas and William.
The 2.98-acre parcel contains the dealership buildings and primary parking lot, and the 6.21-acre
parcel is vacant except for approximately 18,600 square feet used for a dealership parking lot.
In December 1999, Thomas learned he was ill. On July 13, 2000, Thomas executed a will